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Lugar: Obama failing on Brazil trade, cedes clout to China

December 2, 2011
Bloomberg News
The top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said President Barack Obama is missing opportunities to strike closer ties with Brazil, allowing China to steal market share from U.S. companies in Latin America’s biggest economy.
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Indiana lawmakers want cursive mandatory in schools

December 1, 2011
Associated Press
Terre Haute Sen. Tim Skinner and Oldenburg Sen. Jean Leising said they plan to submit bills when lawmakers return to Indianapolis in 2012 that would require the writing style be taught.
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Ex-aide running for Indiana seat Pence is giving up

December 1, 2011
Associated Press
Andrew Phipps, a former aide to Republican Rep. Mike Pence, is joining the field for the congressional seat that Pence is giving up to run for governor.
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GOP governors group names Daniels policy chairman

November 30, 2011
Associated Press
Daniels' policies have frequently been emulated by other Republican governors including Wisconsin' Scott Walker and Ohio's John Kasich.
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Indiana Republicans push drug tests for welfare money

November 30, 2011
Associated Press
Two Indiana Republicans want welfare recipients to pass drug tests before they can receive benefits but similar measures have run up against Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure.
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After hiking taxes, Illinois now considers easing them

November 30, 2011
Associated Press
Less than a year after raising personal and corporate income taxes, Illinois officials are pushing a $250 million package of tax breaks for several prominent businesses threatening to leave for more tax-friendly states, including Indiana.
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Bond banks in Indiana, other states boost sales

November 30, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
State municipal-bond banks in Indiana, Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire plan to issue about $190 million in debt this week, as smaller communities seek to take advantage of 10-year interest rates near a six-week low.
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States suing over health care law collect funding

November 29, 2011
Associated Press
Federal officials announced Tuesday they are awarding more money to help states carry out President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Seven states that are suing to overturn the landmark law are also on the list for funding.
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IU Health reports most serious medical errors

November 29, 2011
Scott Olson
Indiana's largest and busiest medical system committed 19 preventable errors last year at its hospitals in Indianapolis and other cities, three fewer than in 2009, according to a report released Monday.
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Indiana retailers making push for online sales tax

November 29, 2011
Associated Press
A new coalition of Indiana retailers is planning a lobbying push aimed at convincing state lawmakers to force online businesses to collect the state's 7-percent sales taxes from customers.
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Feds reject Indiana request for health care exemption

November 28, 2011
Associated Press
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Monday rejected Indiana's bid for an exemption from federal health care overhaul rules that require insurers selling policies to individuals to essentially dedicate 80 percent of the premiums they collect to medical care.
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Judge allows class in suit against state tort law

November 23, 2011
Associated Press
U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker has certified the victims of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse as a single class in a lawsuit challenging a law that caps the state's liability at $5 million. However, she concluded the plaintiffs are unlikely to win the challenge.
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Study: State loses millions annually in online sales taxes

November 22, 2011
Scott Olson
The report from the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute says the state loses $40 million to $114 million every year in sales tax revenue from sales to online retailers such as Amazon.
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Indiana Legislature set for new right-to-work fight

November 21, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma says that passing a contentious right-to-work proposal will be his top priority during the coming legislative session.
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Indiana voucher memo confuses, concerns districts

November 20, 2011
Associated Press
A memo that sparked concern among Indiana's school districts by saying they would begin losing funding this month under the state's new private school voucher law was sent "prematurely" a state education official says.
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EDITORIAL: Gregg, Pence should think bigRestricted Content

November 19, 2011
So far, the efforts of government haven’t been enough to reverse the relative slide in wages and incomes. Too few firms are using the playground Indiana has created.
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Passengers likely would shoulder chunk of transit system costsRestricted Content

November 19, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Federal transit data suggests passenger fares would generate about one-fourth of the money needed to operate a suburban rail and expanded bus system proposed for the region.
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State lets Occupy Indy protesters keep small camp

November 17, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana officials are declaring détente with Occupy Indy demonstrators after the protesters removed much of their camping equipment from the Statehouse lawn.
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Occupy Indy protesters ordered to clear out camp

November 16, 2011
Associated Press
State officials gave Occupy Indy protesters 24 hours to remove their tents, sleeping bags and other camping accessories from the Statehouse lawn and warned there could be arrests Thursday should anybody resist the efforts to remove the items.
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Indiana Legislature taking 2-day break for Super Bowl

November 16, 2011
Associated Press
Demand for hotel rooms will make it difficult for some out-of-town lawmakers to find at hotel rooms or long-term residences in Indianapolis.
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Agency endorses big cut to state horse racing’s $58M subsidy

November 16, 2011
Scott Olson
The Indiana Inspector General recommends in a report that the annual subsidy paid to the state's horse racing community be reduced by more than half, to $28 million.
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Indiana legislative panel endorses test of iPads

November 14, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana legislative panel endorsed a pilot program Monday that would equip two General Assembly committees with iPads in the upcoming session as part of a push to cut the amount of paper used to print copies of bills for lawmakers.
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Daniels eyes right-to-work legislation in final session

November 13, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has long flirted with right-to-work legislation, but is letting the General Assembly take the lead.
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Indiana's public pension restructures investmentsRestricted Content

November 12, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The new asset mix, approved by the Indiana Public Retirement System’s board late last month, includes a lower concentration of public equities.
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Indiana's interim lottery chief lines up contractor job

November 11, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's ethics board is signing off on the interim state lottery director's plans to work with a state contractor once a new lottery chief is found.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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